Grading Policies

Grades

Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F, L, N, S, W) are typically assigned. Pluses (+) and minuses (-) may be given at the discretion of the instructor.

In the absence of a stated policy on grading in the course syllabus, the following guidelines will be used to determine the final course grade.

A+=97-100 A=93-96 A-=90-92
B+=87-89 B=83-86 B-=80-82
C+=77-79 C=73-76 C-=70-72
D+=67-69 D=63-66 D-=60-62
F=0-59















Note: Individual faculty, departments, and/or programs may enact more strenuous policies as specified in the course syllabus.

The grades shown below are assigned point values for the purpose of calculating the Grade Point Average (G.P.A.).

Grade          Plus (+)                                            Minus (-)

A 4 4 3.7
B 3.3 3 2.7
C 2.3 2 1.7
D 1.3 1 0.7
F -- 0 --

Prior to the 1999-00, academic year differential point values (as shown above) were not assigned to plus (+) or minus (-) grades.

Point values assigned to grades prior to Fall 1999 were:

Grade























A+ A A- Superior 4.0
B+ B B- Above Average 3.0
C+ C C- Average 2.0
D+ D D- Below Average 1.0
F















Failure 0.0
N Course Continuing --

The grade L (given for auditing a course) and S (given by the Division of TRiO/SSS/QUEST Program Courses) carry no points and are not figured into the grade point average. Refer to the section on the following page, “TRiO/SSS/QUEST Program grading policy,” for more details on the S.

Refer to “Withdrawal Policy & Procedure” for the W grade, and to “Auditing a course” for the L grade.

Mid-semester progress reports

Faculty report mid-semester grades for students in day courses doing “C-” or less work at that time. Those students may view their warning grades online and are advised to see an advisor.

Incomplete course work

An Incomplete “I”  grade is given to a student if work in a class is unfinished because of illness, accident, or other unavoidable absence, unless otherwise noted. An incomplete grade may be assigned to a student who has attended at least 75% of the semester.

An Instructor must submit a “Report of Incomplete Grade” Form for each “I” grade assigned. The student must arrange with the Instructor or Academic Divisional Dean in the Instructor’s absence to make up the deficiency. The arrangements should be made no later than the end of the third week of the semester following the receipt of the Incomplete.

To receive credit for the course, the student must complete and turn in the missing work by the last day of class of the semester which follows the semester in which the “I” was received, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon by the student and Instructor. This policy will be applied regardless of whether the student is then enrolled at BCC.

If the work is not completed, the “I” grade will convert to the grade specified by the Instructor on the “Report of Incomplete Grade Form.” If no form has been submitted, the grade will be converted to an “F.”

Grade Point Average

Letter grades are assigned the point values discussed in the section above, “Grades.” The Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is calculated as follows:

The grade points earned for each course are calculated by multiplying the point value of the grade (from “grades,” previous column) by the number of credits for the course. For example, a “B+” (point value = 3.3) earned in a 4-credit course in Fall ’99 or later earns 13.2 grade points (3.3 points x 4 credits).

The semester’s Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is calculated by adding the grade points earned in all courses that semester and then dividing by the total credits involved in those course. See example below.

The cumulative G.P.A. is found by adding grade points so far earned in all courses and dividing by the total credits. Courses with grades of “I,” “L,” “S,” “U,” and “W” are not considered.

Calculating your G.P.A.

A student who receives these grades in 3 courses would calculate G.P.A. as follows:

 

Credits

Grade

Point Value

Grade Points

1st Course 4 B 3 12
2nd Course 3 C 2 6
3rd Course 3 W 0 0

To calculate the G.P.A. for the example given, add Grade Points earned (12 + 6) and divide by credits for the courses in which they were earned (4 + 3).

G.P.A. = Grade Points earned in all courses = 18

Total credits in those courses 7=2.57

Dean's List

The Dean’s List recognizes students who achieve a semester G.P.A. of 3.2 or better with a load of 12 credits or more and no grade below “C.”

Special grade requirements

Students in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Education, Phlebotomy, Healthcare Information, Clinical Laboratory Science, Complementary Healthcare, Therapeutic Massage, and Office Administration career programs must meet the special grade requirements of their programs as described in the respective program description.

Students failing to meet these requirements in subject area courses are reviewed at the end of the semester by the program director and faculty teaching the courses. The program director will make recommendations to those students regarding their future course of study and give those recommendations to the vice president of Academic Affairs, the chair of the Academic Standing Committee, and the vice president of Enrollment Services.

Division VI Access and Transition; QUEST Course Grading Policy

To successfully complete a course in the TRiO/SSS/QUEST Program in CSS, English, ESL, Math and Reading sections, students must earn a grade of “C-” or better for the three-credit course.

Those who do not complete the QUEST or course in one semester and who maintain satisfactory progress can receive an “S” grade for the QUEST developmental course. The “S” grade does not apply toward a degree. Work must be completed by the end of the following semester.

Students who do not complete a QUEST course within one academic year (two semesters) receive a “F” for the course and do not receive credit refer to the Quest Program listing.

Developmental coursework will not be computed into the student’s cumulative G.P.A. The credits are also not included in the Student Completion Rate (S.C.R.). A student should meet with an advisor each semester, but especially before attempting to take the same developmental course more than twice.

A two letter grade designation will be used for developmental courses based on the following scale:

AA=A+

A= 4.0

AB=A-

=3.7

BA=B+

=3.3

BB=B

=3.0

BC=B-

= 2.7

CB=C+

=2.3

CC=C

=2.0

CD=C-

=1.7

DC=D+

=1.3

DD=D

=1.0

DF=D-

=0.7

FF=F

=0.0

Official grades

Official grades are kept by the Registrar. No grade can be changed without the written approval of the course instructor.

 

College Success Seminar 101 Waiver

 

All incoming, freshman, degree students are required to complete a First Year Experience to earn an Associate's degree.  Many students are required to take CSS 101 to satisfy this competency.  Unless otherwise required by the student's program, a blanket waiver has been approved for one of the following conditions:

  • the student already holds an Associate's degree or higher;
  • the student has earned 30 or more transfer credits;
  • the studend has earned 30 or more BCC credits with a GPA of 2.5 or better; or
  • the student has a combination of 30 or more transfer and BCC credits with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Students who have earned and have documented one of these credentials are not required to submit a Petition for Waiver.  The student must, however, meet all other program requirements and the 60-credit minimum number of credits to graduate.

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